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[The Privileged News] All defendants in the Oregon standoff found not guilty

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  1. Rocket River

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    You take over a Government Building for 41 days . . . but you not guilty of anything?

    You think the Black Lives Matter Movement could have done the same and got the same verdict? The Immigration Reform Movement?

    SMH . . . It's good to be . . . .. . .

    Rocket River




    All defendants in the Oregon standoff found not guilty
    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/all-defendants-in-the-oregon-standoff-found-not-guilty/


    A Federal court jury on Thursday acquitted anti-government militant leader Ammon Bundy and six followers of conspiracy charges stemming from their role in the armed takeover of a U.S. wildlife center in Oregon earlier this year.

    Bundy and others, including his brother and co-defendant Ryan Bundy, cast the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a legitimate and patriotic act of civil disobedience. Prosecutors called it a lawless scheme to seize federal property by force.

    (READ MORE: Ammon Bundy’s attorney Tased and arrested after Oregon standoff verdict)

    In an emotional climax to the trial in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ammon Bundy’s lawyer, Marcus Mumford, was tackled to the floor by U.S. marshals as he became involved in a heated verbal exchange with the judge over the terms of his client’s release.

    Moments earlier, gasps of astonishment rose from the packed courtroom. Attorneys exchanged looks of excitement with the defendants, then hugged their clients as the not-guilty verdicts were read. Family members and supporters of the accused erupted in jubilation.

    Outside the courthouse, supporters celebrated by shouting “Hallelujah” and reading passes from the U.S. Constitution. One man road his horse, named Lady Liberty, in front of the courthouse carrying an American flag.

    The verdict came hours after a newly reconstituted jury, with an alternate seated to replace one panelist dismissed over questions of bias on Wednesday, renewed deliberations in the case. Jurors previously had deliberated over three days.

    The 12-member panel found the Bundy brothers and their four co-defendants – three men and a woman – not guilty of the most serious charge, conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force.

    That charge alone carried a maximum penalty of six years in prison.

    The defendants also were unanimously acquitted of illegal possession of firearms in a federal facility and of theft of government property, except in the case of Ryan Bundy, for whom jurors deadlocked on the charge of theft.

    During the takeover and at trial, the occupiers said they acted out of solidarity with two Oregon ranchers they believed were unfairly treated in an arson case and to protest their larger grievances against federal control over millions of acres of public lands in the West.

    (READ MORE: ‘Sad day for America’: Internet furious about #OregonStandoff verdict vs. treatment of #BlackLivesMatter and #StandingRock)

    ONE DEATH

    The standoff led to the shooting death of one protester by police and left parts of the refuge badly damaged.

    While a number of self-styled militia groups had rallied to Bundy’s cause, the occupation generated little sympathy from authorities in nearby Harney County. The sheriff called on the group to end its siege peacefully just after three days, telling them, “It’s time for you to leave our community.”

    As the protest wore on, the occupiers drew ridicule on social media and anonymous deliveries of sex toys, glitter and nail polish at the compound.

    More than two dozen people, in all, have been criminally charged in the Malheur occupation, and a second group of defendants is due to stand trial in February.

    The Bundy brothers still face assault, conspiracy and other charges stemming from a separate armed standoff in 2014 at the Nevada ranch of their father, Cliven Bundy.

    How soon any of the seven defendants from the trial concluded on Thursday would be released was not immediately clear.

    (Reporting by Scott Bransford in Portland; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler and Cynthia Osterman)
     
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  2. Mr.Scarface

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    If they were black....they would have died at the scene.
     
  3. Nook

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    Yeah... the white angle is certainly a fair one to raise but I think the "****ing with the federal government and getting away with it" angle is far more shocking. People don't get to flaunt disobedience of the federal government without consequence... I don't care if they are are white as rice.

    I suspect this won't be the last we hear of Bundy, at some point he will be made an example of.
     
  4. Nook

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    Yeah.... ask the folks at Ruby Ridge or Waco if the Feds have an issue eliminating white people... the Feds see disobedience over race... they crushed white militias and gun runners just like they erased Black Panthers.
     
  5. Invisible Fan

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    First thought at seeing the title is another Waco-like event for a Clinton admin.

    Right wing terror...
     
  6. Liberon

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    I'm curious how they all were found not guilty on conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force. It would seem to be open and shut unless the Feds just completely ****ed up the case somehow.
     
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    yep, another case of white privilege. nothing to see here folks...
     
  9. KingCheetah

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    This verdict is just bizarre.
     
  10. BlastOff

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    Lots of bizarre going on these days. I guess they'd only get time for not paying their taxes.

    Minimally the verdict will empower militias from sea to shining sea. The future should be interesting.
     
  11. CometsWin

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    Bunch of BS.
     
  12. Air Langhi

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    I guess using guns to take over a building is ok form of protest,but if you take a knee during the national anthem well that is not acceptable?
     
  13. Space Ghost

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    Accountability means nothing in America.

    Extremists can intimidate the government and get no repercussions. Hate groups form, burn down their own neighborhoods and garner support from the masses. Individuals can run private communication servers, send classified information through them, then deny it, lie about it to the FBI, then finally apologize all while running for president and getting elected.
     
  14. FranchiseBlade

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    What a crock of ****. I can't believe it. It shouldn't be that much of a surprise, but I this is just so ridiculous.
     
  15. Cohete Rojo

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    Privilege, or incompetent government? So, who is in charge of the federal government these days?

    What are the other charges against them?
     
  16. Dubious

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    It's no weirder than the OJ trial, juries are not objective.

    A farmer asked a friend to recommend an attorney to defend him against a charge of bestiality.

    "I know a great trial lawyer," the fellow said, "but he's expensive and doesn't know how to pick a jury. I know another lawyer," he continued, "who's not a great trial lawyer, but he's cheap and really knows how to pick a jury."

    The farmer settled on the cheap attorney, but immediately had second thoughts when the key witness, a neighbor, began his testimony.

    "I saw Jed mount his goat from behind," he said, "and when he was finished, I saw the goat turn around and lick Jed's pecker."

    The accused farmer was devastated and had all but given up hope of acquittal when a juror in overalls whispered to the fellow next to him, "You know, a good goat will do that."
     
  17. JuanValdez

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    Some BLM folks should bring their guns and occupy Malheur. What could people possibly say about it?

    It was because of ruby ridge and Waco that the feds now use the kid gloves approach.
     
  18. Dubious

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    It was because we have a reasonable considered President that applied only appropriate force as needed... remember one dude did get shot.
     
  19. NewRoxFan

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    Curious how right wing extremists would try to justify and drag in Clinton into this case... you didn't disappoint.
     
  20. dharocks

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    One of the charges was 'possession of firearms in a federal facility', right?

    How the **** were they acquitted??
     

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